Well, here we are -- 2013! We had a quiet New Year's, arriving home from our trip to Nana J's at about lunchtime. S and I didn't make it to midnight, which is okay. Everybody just seemed to be glad to be back in their own beds after our travels. We had a very nice visit with Nana, which I'll write about in its own post. This one is just to welcome in the new year and to say that I'm not making any resolutions this time around! I'm just hoping for a full and happy year. Which is likely, given the abundance of blessings in our lives.
Ours was a very Merry Christmas, a quiet day spent at home. Santa delivered exactly what the kids had wished for: for BJ, the Harry Potter Hogwarts Lego set (the big one!); for BB, a large stuffed unicorn (one that looked "real").
An interesting synchronicity: BB lost her sixth tooth on Christmas Eve! (Very, very early on Christmas Eve -- she came in to our bedroom about 3 a.m. to inform us that she'd wiggled it loose! We were appropriately impressed and then insisted she go back to bed. Happily, she complied without any argument.)
We're ready for ya, Christmas! The cookies have been made...
'Tis that time of the season -- lots of Christmas preparations going on. We've put up the tree, visited Santa, and made gingerbread houses. I've had a hard time getting in the holiday spirit this year, but taking care of the traditional to-do's has helped.
Such a nice Thanksgiving! A real treat to have my parents visiting for the holiday -- always great to have them here. We also hosted for S's Aunt S, Uncle J, and cousin K. Set up an additional table (my craft show table doubles as an extra dining room table -- bonus!) and we were a bit crowded in our small apartment, but it was friendly and cozy. Unfortunately, I didn't remember to take any pictures because I was so busy! But Dad got these:
As is our annual tradition, we headed out to the Renaissance Faire this past weekend!
Trust me, BJ had a better time than it looks like in that picture -- that was taken after we'd been there for the day, about half an hour before the close of the faire. Both kids were pretty tired! But they both really enjoyed themselves. BJ had a blast at the climbing wall!
This weekend, to welcome the beginning of autumn, we did some leaf crafts to decorate the windows.
It's a fun, easy craft. Here's how!
White coffee filters
Water soluble (washable) markers
Spray bottle of water
We're getting ready for our annual camping trip -- doing the essentials today, like baking angel food cake so that I can toast it over the campfire! The shop will be closed for the next few days. Happy Summer!